Police say Miriam Cole fell asleep at the wheel while traveling southbound on Highway 213 Tuesday morning

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Police say 95-year-old Miriam Cole fell asleep at the wheel while traveling southbound on Highway 213 Tuesday morning.

A 95-year-old Molalla woman walked away uninjured from a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning after she reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.

According to senior trooper DeForest with the Oregon State Police, Miriam Cole was traveling southbound on Highway 213 in Molalla around 10:10 a.m. on Sept. 12 when she fell asleep at the wheel, veered off the road, and crashed into a thicket of bushes on the west side of the highway, taking out a road sign and the guide wire to a power pole just before the intersection at Toliver Road.

Cole was trapped inside the upside-down vehicle as emergency personnel from the Molalla and Canby Fire Districts responded, but when they arrived, DeForest said she was conscious and speaking with the officials.

Cole was loaded into an ambulance for further evaluation, and at that time she told the officials that she had lost her two brand-new expensive hearing aids, and the officials immediately went searching for them, eventually locating both of the devices and returning them intact to Cole.

"Aside from being a little bumped up, she's alert and doesn't have any life-threatening injuries," DeForest said. "It's weird that anybody should be that lucky to walk away from that accident and not be harmed by it."

Conner Williams
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